Three Quick Hits Before Preseason Finale


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Titans held a closed practice on Wednesday at Saint Thomas Sports Park.

On Thursday night, the team will face the Dolphins in the preseason finale at Hard Rock Stadium.

Three quick hits:


Sankey hopes to finish strong**

Titans running back Bishop Sankey has seen some friends go in recent days, including one in his position group.

On Tuesday, the team waived running back David Cobb to get down to 75 players.

Sankey, a second-round draft pick in 2014, has one last chance to make a good impression in the team's preseason finale. He has no idea whether it's too late. The Titans must trim the roster to 53 players by Saturday.

"To be honest, I don't know what's going to happen,'' Sankey said. "But wherever I can get an opportunity to compete and help a team win, that's what I'd be willing to do.

"I'm just trying to bring my A-game to the last preseason game, and just compete. I just have to take it a day at a time and get better each day. Right now I am just trying to live in the moment and make the most of my opportunities."

Sankey scored on a 41-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of the preseason opener against the Chargers. But he only got two carries against the Panthers the following week, and last week in Oakland he didn't get a carry.

With DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry on the roster, it's unclear how many running backs the team will keep. Antonio Andrews, Dexter McCluster and David Fluellen are also competing.

"I'm excited for (the game),'' Sankey said. "I just want to go out there and make plays and do the most with the opportunities I get. I'll just wait to see what happens. I'll go through a normal routine. My main focus is this game and doing the most with the opportunities I get."


Tanney's chance**

Titans coach Mike Mularkey isn't keeping any secrets this week about the quarterback position.

Mularkey said Marcus Mariota will play a series against the Dolphins, if he plays at all. Veteran Matt Cassel will get work in the first half, but the majority of the snaps will go to quarterback Alex Tanney.

"I think it will be his most extensive playing time,'' Mularkey said of Tanney. "The one thing he lacks is just playing time. I don't care who it is against, or when it is. There is no bad rep, no matter when it is."

Tanney has completed 20 of 29 passes in the preseason, for 189 yards, one touchdown and an interception.

"There's always room for improvement,'' Tanney said. "I have been the third or fourth quarterback every training camp I have been in, so I've had the same mindset every time and that is just improvement, and I think I have done that. I have been able to get more reps this year, and the more experience you have, the better player you can become."

Reed returns

Mularkey plans to give rookie Kalan Reed a chance in the return game.

"In practices he's caught the ball well,'' Mularkey said of Reed. "But we need to get him some game reps."

McCluster, Tre McBride, and Kevin Byard have returned punts for the Titans during the preseason, while Andrews and McBride have handled kickoff returns.

"I should have gotten Kalan more (chances) earlier,'' Mularkey said, "but we're going to try and get him some this game."

Titans players take the field for Tuesday's practice at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)

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